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[Survey] The Internet & you !

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Hey everyone ! 

I'm currently doing my master thesis on a very interesting topic, in my opinion.
I have the feeling that Internet, in all its forms, brings us a wider scope of what could be a global culture. We all have our own culture from the country we're born but through our experiences and activities on the Internet , it feels that no matter where you are from, there is something that links us all together, the internet.

Therefore, we can discuss with anyone in the world and exchange about stuff from the internet , such as Netflix, Youtube videos, Dofus, videogames, kitty cat funny compilation, memes, etc !

So i've done a survey to see how it goes, it will make you think about you and your relation with the Internet ! It literally just take 5 minutes and would help me sooo much for my thesis !

here's the link = > https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WorldCulture

And i'd be interested knowing what you guys think about this ! Do you think Internet as what it takes to be a global culture for everyone ? Or on the opposite, you think it just tears us more and more apart from each other ? 

Thanks <3

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Good survey! Filled it in earlier. Hope you get lots of results. 

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Thank you so much RollTheDice ! Every bit of help is really appreciated !
I hope so too to be honest, i'm struggling with finding people for the survey !

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When I filled out the survey, it often jumped back to the previous question while trying to move the next. Was this intentional?

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Thanks a lot for your contribution !
Hmm, no it shouldn't supposed to happen .. Were you scrolling or clicking on "OK" ?

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I either pressed "OK" or just clicked on the next question, did not occur to me to scroll h.

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I really hope this is just the first stage of your thesis, because it's utter shit. Sorry, but considering this is for a masters program, it might actually help to put some thought into it... especially seeing as you'll be collecting data, preforming analysis and so forth. The majority of your questions can't actually be used to actually collect anything of value... Like half of your questions, you already know the answer to, or your data is going to be biased based upon the wording of your own questions... 


I'll start by addressing your questions:

Do you think Internet as what it takes to be a global culture for everyone?


~ The internet even as you define it is something that "links" us all together. Therefore the internet will always provide the opportunity to learn about other cultures, and so forth. Internet is basically globalization. But will the internet ever been a "culture" that will be adopted around the world? Fuck no. You find the answer in one of your own questions, "Is your behavior online similar to your behavior offline?" If someone isn't showing their true-self, they aren't putting forth their actual culture, rather a shaped culture. 

Eventually, if you follow the whole globalization course, could there be a unified culture across the entire globe? The answer is still technically no, unless you can get every remote tribe, every single person aboard, you don't have one unified culture. But even if it were achievable, it would be through globalization of trade/citizenship, etc. the internet would be a teen tiny tool that may have influenced it, but would never ever ever be a driving force. 

If I were to share my culture with you lets say US to Middle East, particularly the drinking culture. The person in the middle east might not be able to adopt said culture, as alcohol is illegal/against the religion. So until you can convince the government to not regulate it, and basically have a universal religion, or lack thereof, it wouldn't be achievable. 


Or on the opposite, you think it just tears us more and more apart from each other ? 


~ If this is the other side to your thesis argument, might as well give up now. If someone is adamant about their belief, lets say americans and their guns. And you have 100 different view points from around the world presented (via the internet in whatever form), that person is likely still going to stick to their own belief on the subject. Therefore, the fact that the internet offers more views, doesn't necessarily mean it's going to cause everyones belief system to gravitate to a new norm. People are still going to impose their own "culture" or belief sets more strongly. So the only way you could possibly insinuate that the internet reduces globalization (which even proposing the idea would require an IQ of a brain-dead donkey, because you just have to look at what the internet is....The second you have one person in one country and another in another country communicating via internet = globalization). Point is, "tear us... apart" is just due to dumbfuckers, or people who aren't open to forming new opinions. 




Q2. You only allow for one nationality. ~ The "Nationalities" listed, are actually "Countries". So, perhaps you meant to say, country of origin? As you can be born in one country, and have nationality in another?


Q6. "More than 5 hours" (Missing the "s").


Q8, 9, 10. The purpose of these questions seems vague at best. Everybody in the world "can" stop using the internet for the rest of their life. It's the opportunity or ability to. So, unless someone doesn't understand the question, all your data will be concentrated at the bottom end of your answer choices, skewing your data. What is the incentive? Even the questions are leading, "Can you stay off". Appose to "how much time do you spend on X". Both yield the same information, yet one proposes a lead, the other is simply a question. 

If you really wanted to keep this phrase of questioning, consider things such as, 1 finding out how much time they spend on the internet, 2 find out if they feel as though their time spent on the internet is excessive, appropriate, etc.


Q11. You seem to suggest that native English speakers are unaffected by the internet? That last category, wouldn't be useful in any collection of data. If they perceive their language skills as being unaffected by technology, they can simply answer neither agree nor disagree, or disagree. 


Q12. As someone that has lived on 4 continents and travelled to dozens of countries, "Internet" topics are not something used as icebreakers. When meeting people online, basically everyone is a foreigner, and even then it's not the internet that is used to communicate, but rather the common collective knowledge of a certain subtopic. I have never once referenced a meme, or netflix, or any videos to "break ice". Have those topics been discussed at some point in the 'relationship' or subsequent dialogues, sure. But it's only part of the conversation due to the commonality. There's no point me talking about rocket-science, if you have no idea/interest in it, just like there's no point in me talking about stranger things, if you don't watch it. 


~~ Perhaps the idea you hint at here is that the internet 'culture' has a way larger audience, as such, it's users are exposed to more content, or "culture" (Although, it really isn't culture being referenced here). 


Q13. Is also a loaded question. Culture is the collection norms. Technically speaking, even in the US you may have a different culture between two different cities, states etc. Therefore nearly every single person will have a different "culture" to you. 


Q14. Also loaded. By being on the internet, you are automatically "sharing" your culture whether you know it or not. That in-turn is shaping the internet culture. You're already established the existence of an internet culture, so to think that individuals actually had a choice as to whether they affect the internets culture, is ludicrous. Just because I say I don't affect the internets culture, doesn't mean I don't. It just means im too dumb to realize how. 


Q15. The internet in its simplest form is a global spread of information. Therefore this question is again useless. The internet "offers" you the chance to learn about another culture, just type in "culture" into google. Anyone that can't access culture on their electronic device doesn't have internet, ironically can't take this quiz. Which then screws your results, as you're basically asking questions you already know the answer to...


Q16. This is a very very interesting question, and a great one at that! ~ You could even argue (providing enough data is collected to support this), that as individuals can act in contrast to their in-person selves, that the spread of their "culture" can thus be affected. It's likely this is in a negative way [you can explore why, no accountability, no consequences etc]. This would also explain why AI bots who are programed autonomously tend to say some pretty disturbing things, and reach some very dark conclusions. ~ you re-explore this on Q22, and Q23, even tho Q23 is a useless re-phrasing of 22. 


Q17. Again, a great question!


Q18. Communication is a multi-faceted interaction. I don't think there are people who can effectively (two way) communicate through sending gifs and memes. 

I know this isn't what you meant with your question, rather you meant in terms of communicating a certain point/message (one way communication), and sure, that's exactly what gifs and memes are good at. However, your question becomes useless when you consider that any form of communication is only considered communication provided a mutual understanding of the signs/whatever being used. 

To dumb it down, lets assume someone is running towards me, and i throw a brick at their head. I think that's a highly effective form of communication, because my action or "sign" is easily interpreted as a "dont run towards them". I dont think there's a single culture where having a brick thrown at your head is a good thing? Yet, to show a Gif that i know to a random person in the world (many of whom dont have internet, thus havent seen the gif) wouldn't be able to derive any meaning, and thus no communication would occur. 


Q19. Okay, decent enough question.


Q20. As long as there are more users accessing the internet, the "culture" or more like pool of cultures is ever-growing. Whether you introduce new cultures to the pool, or have higher concentrations of a particular culture, it'll change the internet culture. As growth isn't determined by good or bad growth, rather just the capacity of growth, this question is stupid.


Q21. Good


Q22. Good

Q23. Basically repeat of Q22, but worse. 

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Damn, now I see why they call him Reaper lol. 

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Hello there Reaper,
Thank you for your feedback, really appreciated it.
Even though it started very harsh, it ended up being very constructive and enjoyable.

So i'll just come back on a few points you mention, even though I agree with most of what you said.


your data is going to be biased based upon the wording of your own questions...

This is usually the debate of the survey question "Agree/disagree". And I was aware of that, it just felt appropriate and quick enough for people to bother taking the survey. 

For the first question I asked here, I totally agree with what you said and my main goal is not to demonstrate that Internet will be the driving force of a global culture but instead be a "translator" and "mediator" of all or at least a big majority of them. The access to knowledge/culture of the rest of the world through internet is just .. vast. And it's this pathway i'm aiming at. The accessibility and the openness that you get from navigating through the Internet has an impact on your identity. You get your first contact with culture and society through your parents, then with people you meet at school and Friends when you grow up. Those are the 2 category that shapes your identity and who you are. And I believe with Internet being mixed with this second category , since young people are getting more and more exposed to Internet for longer period, Internet shapes the way you think and act as your friends/school would. So is it a third category or a 2nd bis one ... 
but this is the point i'm making when asking this question, in my point of view.

For the second question, to be fair, it's absolutly not my opposite argument for my thesis, as you mentionned it doesn't make any sense on pure technical terms. Your example was perfect to be fair.  I wrote it like that in order to start a conversation about it and see how people thinks. Mosly wondered if instead of Internet allowing you to open up to the world, some people would rather use it in order to strenghten their belief and get reassured, like the flat earth society. Which expanded a lot through Internet. 
For your last point, "basically have a universal religion, or lack thereof, it wouldn't be achievable. " I agree, I might be biased on that, I'm atheist and looking at the increasing evolution of number of atheist, it makes me want to believe that one day, at some point, religion will be gone. Or at least, the part of atheism being over 50% of the world population. (India, china, middle east, USA, might take some time, I agree with that)


Q2 : True. Should have anticipated that. But raises the question, if you adopted the nationality of a country, have you adopted the culture of it ? Do you have a mix of both? Probably the latter. But people usually go for what they feel closest to I assume.

Q6 : Ouch.

Q8/9/10 : Main point here was to see how important those three aspect are for people. I've looked at some data, and some people cannot be off for more than 3 hours, it was very surprising. And when you look at the results, a pattern is showing up, from very likely to very unlikely. It starts being reverse at "Between 3 to 5 hours" for the platforms and internet whereas communication platforms reverse after "5 to 12 hours". 
"2 find out if they feel as though their time spent on the internet is excessive, appropriate, etc." I had thought about that one, should have included in it, but it felt like judging them for their time. But some feedback I got from people taking the survey was "It makes you reflect about how much time you spend on internet".  

Q11 : I had an american friend take the test, she didn't know what to answer for that one and suggested that I should add english native speaker option in case you feel unnafected by it. but if an english speaker strongly feel about he/She improved her english on the Internet, then he/she would go for strongly agree.
On a personal note, I would think that it would worsen your english being on the internet :p 

Q12 : Agreed. As a "Ice breaker" it might not come up very often, since people would start off with basic personal information to see if there is something to start up the conversation upon. But I have travelled a lot as well, lived in 4 different countries, and when I meet people, I am bound to make a reference to an Internet subject. 
My point being, even though there is no point in talking about stranger things if you don't watch it, with the infinite topics that can be brought off from the internet, there will be something in common at some point.  If not stranger things, maybe GoT, if not, maybe Breaking bad or TwD (If we stick to the series topic). If the person doesn't watch series, can talk about youtube, youtubers. Or some documentaries or even talk about video games... so many topics that there has to have one to talk about.
if there was no internet, two people from two different cultures would only be speaking about themselves. Can be interesting, but for short conversation only.
So as you mentionned afterward, exactly that : 



~~ Perhaps the idea you hint at here is that the internet 'culture' has a way larger audience, as such, it's users are exposed to more content, or "culture" (Although, it really isn't culture being referenced here). 

Q13/14 : Once again, true. The main point of those question is to see how much people are realising it. if they strongly agree with those statements, it means they realise how the internet works and that you are constantly exchanging culture and knowledge through communication and learning.  It all comes down to the definition of culture of course, but if you stick with larger culture of a country or continent, it becomes interesting to learn about them.

Q15 : Agreed. Realising now that it was poorly written. Cause the answer is obvious. of course you have the possibility. But the subquestion should have been, do you take this possibility ? Or do you stick to your own beliefs and don't go astray ? If I were to take the american gun people or flat earth, those would go for strongly disagree. But yes, badly written.

Q16, I had not think about the AI example that is led to catastrophic results from its contact to people of the world. And I will definetly keep that in mind, thanks.

Q18. Once again, you captured the question. I really do enjoy reading your answer. 
I have tried with a friend to communicate through gif and bitmoji, it is possible but obviously doesn't make much of a conversation, can't have a deep and serious communication through it. But you have the basic emotions/Feelings.

but yes, the point was " terms of communicating a certain point/message (one way communication)". I was asked to focus on a certain trend that developped from the Internet in order to restrain the scope of the study. And GIF being born from the internet was a good trend imo.  Because they have the particularity to be simple and to be universal. At least, some of them. So when a gif indicates a very explicit emotion, I believe it to be understandable from anyone. Because it reflects emotions that every individuals has. I might be wrong. 

Q20. Yeah my mistake for the use of "Growth". But most of the people will think growth as in positive growth. And it's implied in the question. but completly wrong for a survey to use subtext or common thinking of a use of a certain word. Completly agree with you on that, shouldn't have wrote it that way. 

All in all, thanks a lot for your feedback, i'll be able to mention some of the things you expressed here and go ahead in the writing by pointing out the mistake of the survey instead of them telling me what I did wrong. So, your answer was very beneficial for me =) ! 


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